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  • 1

    Interview: Jul, 2009

    Nadine

    You have created some fantastic, original and well thought out magical systems. Where did you get the inspiration for the metal-based system of the Mistborn series and the breath-based system of Warbreaker?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Thank you! During the early days of my career—before I got published—I found myself naturally creating a new magic system for each book I wrote. I'm not sure why I did this. I just found the process too involving, too interesting, to stop.

    For Mistborn, I came to the book wanting several things. I wanted a great magic system that would enhance the graceful, martial-arts style fights. This was going to be a series of sneaking thieves, assassins, and night-time exploration. And so I developed the powers with a focus on that idea. What would make the thieving crew better at what they did? I based each power around an archetype of a thieving crew. The Thug, the Sneak, the Fast-talker, etc.

    At the same time, I wanted to enhance the 'industrial revolution' feel of the novels through the magic system. I wanted something that felt like an industrial-age science, something that was a good hybrid of science and magic. I found myself drawn to Alchemy and its use of metals, then extrapolated from that to a way to release power locked inside of metal. Metabolism grew out of that. It felt natural. We metabolize food for energy; letting Allomancers metabolize metal had just the right blend of science and magic.

    For Warbreaker, I was looking back a little further, shooting for a more Renaissance-era feel. And so, I extrapolated from the early beliefs that similarities created bonds. In other words, you could affect an object (in this case, bring an object to life) by creating a bond between it and yourself, letting it take on a semblance of your own life.

    Moving beyond that was the idea of color as life. When a person dies, their color drains from them. The same happens when plants die. Vibrant color is a sign of life itself, and so I worked with this metaphor and the concept of Breath as life to develop the magic. In this case, I wanted magical powers that would work better 'in' society, meaning things that would enhance regular daily lives. Magical servants and soldiers, animated through arcane powers, worked better for this world than something more strictly fighting-based, like in Mistborn.

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  • 2

    Interview: Jan 10th, 2011

    Ghero6 ()

    How unique are individual Breaths? Would collecting 100 Breaths from criminals and scumbags affect your personality in any way? Or collecting 100 Breaths from generous, charitable people?


    Brandon Sanderson ()

    I intended them to not be terribly individual. Breaths do bring some things along with them, but for the most part I wanted them to be a step removed from that.

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  • 3

    Interview: Jan 10th, 2011

    Ghero6 ()

    In Vahr's case, did collecting Breath from other rebel-minded people strengthen his determination and resolve?

    Brandon Sanderson ()

    It would have had an influence on him, but you would need the numbers of Breaths that he had for any effect to manifest. It's basically a non-issue in the current book, but it could be an issue in some of the things that will happen in the next book.

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  • 4

    Interview: Jan 10th, 2011

    JoeH42 ()

    In Warbreaker, is Clod the Lifeless body of Arsteel? I like this idea because Arsteel would have had some Breaths within him when he died, as this is how Vashir defeated him and Denth, and this could help explain why he seems to be a little more self-aware than most Lifeless. Could you respond to this idea?

    Brandon Sanderson ()

    I confirmed in the Warbreaker annotations that Clod is Arsteel.

    Clod is more self-aware than most Lifeless. There is something left of Arsteel within Clod. The Breaths that Vasher gave him when he killed him do have an effect on this.

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  • 5

    Interview: Jan 10th, 2011

    Locke219 ()

    Can Returned have children? If so, who was the first Returned to do so?


    Brandon Sanderson ()

    I'm going to have to RAFO that one because it's a big RAFO question for the world. In-world, it is believed both that they cannot and that they can. Mythology speaks of it happening, yet many Returned by their own experiment have not been able to have children.

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  • 6

    Interview: Dec 17th, 2011

    ZAS

    After several more signings, I asked my other question. "Do people in the Comsere, besides Nalthis, have Breaths?"

    Brandon Sanderson

    "No." He then signed a person's books, then said "To elaborate a little more, that's not to say they don't have a life force, because they do. But if someone not from Nalthis were to suddenly gain the ability to become an Awakener, they could not use what they have to Awaken something. That's not to say that they can't receive breaths though."

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  • 7

    Interview: Jul, 2009

    Graendal

    A question that's been on my mind for a while. If Returned can't have children, how are Siri and Vivenna descended from one?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Excellent question. One I have to RAFO. When I was writing Warbreaker, I was planning on two books. I seeded two questions to be answered in the next book. One was the origin of the royal family. The second was how Vasher was able to survive while hiding his divine Breath. I will answer these questions. Eventually. (It has to do with restoring Breath and life to the child while still in the womb.).

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  • 8

    Interview: Feb 16th, 2013

    Viper

    Hoid has a nugget of Lerasium and the Moon Scepter. Does he have a Breath?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It seems quite likely that he would.

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  • 9

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Chaos

    Is there a Cosmere-specific term you use to describe, say, a Shard's power inside someone? For example, people on Scadrial had little bits of Preservation in them that made them sentient (and, with enough Preservation, Allomancy). This obviously doesn't make these people Slivers or Splinters, so I was just wondering if you had a word for it.

    Brandon Sanderson

    In my own terms, I refer to all of this as types of investiture. The degree, and effects, can be very different - but those people are invested. I term this Innate Investiture, and it is similar to what happens with people on Nalthis. That is also innate.

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  • 10

    Interview: Apr 15th, 2013

    Reddit AMA 2013 (Verbatim)

    Chaos ()

    Why does giving your Breath to another person not require color? Every other Command does.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I thought I answered this in the book. You use your own color. :)

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  • 11

    Interview: Apr 15th, 2013

    Reddit AMA 2013 (Verbatim)

    Herowannabe ()

    Hoid has Lerasium and breaths, Does Hoid have anything from Sel? Soul stamps perhaps?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO. :)

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  • 12

    Interview: May 17th, 2013

    Kogiopsis

    What would life on Nalthis be like for someone with synesthesia?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Synesthesia on Nalthis isn't something he's considered, but it would probably be about the same unless you had a lot of Breath, at which point things would get weird.

    Footnote

    Synesthesia (also spelled synæsthesia or synaesthesia; from the Ancient Greek σύν syn, "together", and αἴσθησις aisthēsis, "sensation") is a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway.[1][2][3][4] People who report a lifelong history of such experiences are known as synesthetes.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synesthesia

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  • 13

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Satsuoni

    How much power does a Breath and a freshly charged Hemalurgic spike have relative to each other?

    Brandon Sanderson

    This is a RAFO. I don't want to be pinned down on this one quite yet

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  • 14

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Nemuri

    If a Shardblade was used on an awakened object, would it physically harm the object, destroy the Breath, or a combination of the two?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You will someday know.

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  • 15

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Kurkistan

    BioChroma:

    Do Breaths inherently possess the ability to interpret and carry out commands, or does the Awakener need to impart that decision making ability on Awakened objects?

    If the Awakener does need to impart the decision-making ability, then does Awakening consist of an Awakener copying a portion of his/her Cognitive aspect (as determined by his/her visualization and verbal Command) onto the Cognitive aspect of the object being Awakened, with Breath then providing the "juice" for the object to actually follow its Command: powering both physical motion and "cogitation" based upon the copied Cognitive aspect?

    -If so, is that copying what drains color?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You're very close here.

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  • 16

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    ReaderAt2046

    What would happen if, right after someone died, they were made into a Lifeless, and then Endowment tried to Return that person?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oooh...now that's a spicy one. Endowment's gift of a superpowered Breath would come down, strike the Lifeless, and all kinds of craziness would occur. You'd end up with a drab god, which would be hilarious.

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  • 17

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Stroniax

    Is there a way to harvest BioChromatic Breath from a planet, if it holds any? (If a person dies, and their body turns to dusty he dust of the earth, then doesn't the earth--or sharever planet they have--therefore hold thousands, if not millions, of BioChromatic Breaths?)

    Brandon Sanderson

    Possible. It would be the same thing as harvesting the nature of Preservation or Ruin, which--on Scadrial--took the form of nuggets of metal.

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  • 18

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    mycoltbug

    Would a breath imbued object stop a shard blade?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO

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  • 19

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Cheese Ninja

    Is it hypothetically possible to Awaken an object using a Divine Breath?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes

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  • 20

    Interview: Oct 30th, 2012

    Lance Alvein

    Is a person's Breath the entirety of that person's Spiritual Aspect?

    BRANDON SANDERSON (paraphrased)

    No

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  • 21

    Interview: Apr 15th, 2013

    Reddit AMA 2013 (Verbatim)

    NewbSombrero ()

    Is the risk of Vasher dying from wielding Nightblood unsheathed too long because Nightblood would consume his divine Breath or does that also extend to those who are not Returned?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, and yes, it does apply to others.

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  • 22

    Interview: Sep 24th, 2013

    Chris King (Miyabi)

    We only have one here from Nalthis, this one's a little bit tricky. Can you store Breath in metal without the Eighth Heightening? Just put it there without Awakening, just to hide the Breath.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Can you hide Breath… Yes you can hide Breath in things.

    Chris King (Miyabi)

    Metal in particular, without the Eighth Heightening.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I would say yes you could.

    Footnote

    The ability to awaken stone and metal is actually a feature of the Ninth Heightening, not the Eighth as Chris and Brandon discuss here.

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  • 23

    Interview: Oct 1st, 2013

    Question

    How does one erase/alter memories using Breath?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 24

    Interview: Mar 29th, 2014

    Herowannabe

    I’m curious, I’ve got a list of various cosmere bits of metal, and I wonder if you would rank them from like 1 to 10 or easy to difficult on how hard it would be to steelpush on them?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay.

    Herowannabe

    So, like metal inside a person’s body?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It depends on how strong the investiture in them is.

    Herowannabe

    Is that going to be the answer for all of these?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Probably. :)

    Herowannabe

    How about a spike charged with Hemalurgy? Not in a person.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not in a person? It depends on how strong—yeah. A spike is moderately—in the realm of these sorts of things—moderately easy to push on, because a spike does not rip off very much investiture. Only enough to short circuit the soul, and it loses that over time. So I would put that at the bottom—with the top being very hard—to be one of the easier things.

    Herowannabe

    How about a metalmind? A feruchemy metalmind that is "full."

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is going to be middle of the realm. Generally easier than, for instance, a shardblade, which is going to be very hard.

    Aaradel

    But a shardblade isn’t actual metal. Ish?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ish. Is Lerasium a metal? Yeah.

    Herowannabe

    So would that be the same for Shardplate, too?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Shardplate and blade are very hard. Blade is probably going to be harder. [...]

    Herowannabe

    Halfshard? Like a halfshard shield?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Halfshard shield is going to be in moderate.

    Herowannabe

    Nightblood? I imagine is going to be very difficult.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Very hard. Of all the things you’ve listed, he’s the hardest. Far beyond even a shardblade.

    Herowannabe

    Far beyond metal inside a person?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, depending on how invested the person is.

    Aaradel

    If someone was invested as much as Nightblood I’m pretty sure it’s going to be very difficult.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, for instance, the Godking, at the end, with all of those Breaths. Pushing on something inside of him? Getting through all that? Gonna be REAL hard. Average person on Scadrial? You’ve seen how hard that is. A drab? Much easier.

    Herowannabe

    That was actually going to be my next one- No, sorry, not a drab, a Lifeless.

    Brandon Sanderson

    A Lifeless. Lifeless are kinda weird, because they’ve had their soul leave, but then they’ve had a replacement stuck in, in the form of Breath, which puts them in a really weird position compared to a Drab, which has had part of their investiture ripped away, but the majority of it remains. So anyway, I’m going to give you one more. Pick your favorite.

    Herowannabe

    Okay, a soul-stamped piece of metal.

    Brandon Sanderson

    A soul-stamped piece of metal is going to be on the lower, easier side. Not a lot of investiture going on in a soulstamp.

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  • 25

    Interview: Mar 21st, 2014

    Kurkistan

    Are flamespren, are they all doing their own thing, or is there some Ideal of "Fire" sitting in the Spiritual Realm that they're all based on?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Each spren is based on the Ideal of Fire.

    Kurkistan

    And is that sitting in the Spiritual Realm?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, we're using sort of a Platonic Ideal, and that concept is in force, so < sounds hesitant > "yes", but [spren] are manifestations of it.

    Kurkistan

    So these Ideals in the Spiritual Realm: Divine Breath, does that heal by accessing some Ideal of Human Health: so a guy who had never had a tongue and doesn't know how to speak all the sudden has a tongue and can speak? [Note: Talking of Susebron here]

    Brandon Sanderson

    You are... < LONG pause > You are, um, on the right track.

    Kurkistan

    Okay...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Because the Breath is... eh. How can I explain this? You are, yeah... So... So each Breath is a shade of deity, right?

    Kurkistan

    Yeah.

    Brandon Sanderson

    And each Breath incorporates into it this sort of idea of being endowed by the deity Endowment, correct?

    Kurkistan

    Yes.

    Brandon Sanderson

    And so each Breath you hold brings you one step closer to becoming like that, and so what you're saying is... is "yes", kind of true, yes.

    Kurkistan

    But it's like within the Breath, not sitting off by itself—

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, yes yes exactly.

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  • 26

    Interview: Jan 10th, 2013

    NutiketAiel

    "If a native of Sel or another Shardworld travelled to Nalthis, would they be a drab?"

    Brandon almost answered quickly, but then got a thoughtful look and paused to consider with a "hmm." After a moment, he replied:

    Brandon Sanderson

    "No, they would not be a drab. But, no one would be able to take their breath."

    NutiketAiel

    "If such a person died on Nalthis, could they Return?"

    Brandon Sanderson

    "No, they cannot Return."

    NutiketAiel

    "If such a person received breath, could they use BioChroma?"

    Brandon Sanderson

    "Yes."

    NutiketAiel

    I was probably grinning like a looby at this point, but I didn't care. Brandon complimented me on my questions, saying that I had asked some good ones and that nobody had gotten so much information out of him in a while. I don't know whether he meant it, or was just trying to give me some confidence and make me feel good about myself as an amateur realmatic theorist (very, very amateur), but either way it made me feel like a million bucks.

    Brandon’s good at that. I’m consistently amazed by his positive attitude, and just how much attention he lavishes on his fans.

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  • 27

    Interview: Mar 4th, 2014

    Leinton

    Could Breath be used to power Surgebinding and what would happen to the Breath.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Theoretically yes, it can be done, and the Breath would be consumed just the same as stormlight.

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  • 28

    Interview: Mar 4th, 2014

    Leinton

    Can Breath be used to power Surgebinding?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They are very similar Investitures, and most of the magics can be powered with the other magics if you are capable of making that happen.

    Leinton

    What would happen to the Breath?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Breath would be consumed in the same way that Stormlight is. A renewing resource, much like Atium is.

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  • 29

    Interview: Dec 6th, 2014

    mail-mi

    So, could [Reod Elantrians] be felt by Lifesense?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They would, um... they are in the middle of a transformation. I would say that yes they could be, but you're going to get like a stutter is what I'd guess you would get, it's like you would get a... a flashing.

    mail-mi

    Because they're kind of alive, and kind of not alive.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. And so, yeah, you'd just get a flashing sort of.... something.

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  • 30

    Interview: Sep 4th, 2014

    Question

    Hemalurgy, does the person having the metal shoved through them have to die?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It has to rip off a piece of their soul. That normally results in death.

    Question

    Because I'm thinking you're going a bit into the future, surgery, precise things like that...

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's plausible but-- I mean it would leave the person like-- It's ripping off a piece of their soul. But the same thing happens when you give up your Breath. So you're giving up a piece of your soul. There are-- It's plausible you could take off pieces of a soul without killing the person.

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  • 31

    Interview: Mar 19th, 2014

    Question ()

    How much stormlight equals one breath? Do you have an actual ratio?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I have a ratio. It's not on me.

    Question

    Okay, that's a Peter question again.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, well, I may not answer it even then.

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  • 32

    Interview: Mar 20th, 2014

    Outis

    How much Stormlight is equal to one Breath?

    Brandon Sanderson

    This is one of the times I have to go to Peter and say, They're asking, we have to canonize this.

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  • 33

    Interview: Mar 20th, 2014

    Outis

    How much Stormlight is equal to one Breath?

    Brandon Sanderson

    This is one of the times I have to go to Peter and say, They're asking, we have to canonize this.

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  • 34

    Interview: Mar 21st, 2014

    Question

    If someone--Vasher says that Nightblood would kill him, is that just because he has this big deific Breath? Would it kill an ordinary person, like a drab?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It would suck the Breath from anybody, and if they were unable to feed it he would feed on their soul.

    Question

    So they would die.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. Anybody wielding Nightblood, he will suck their soul. For too long, he will eventually, if you draw him, he will suck your soul.

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  • 35

    Interview: Apr 24th, 2016

    Deana

    Vivenna’s breaths – If she were to put all but 5 breaths into her shawl, could she then give the remaining 5 to someone else? Then she retrieves her shawl breaths.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Summary – it’s talked about in book. The hack can work.

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  • 36

    Interview: Oct 12th, 2015

    Question

    Can you use a Divine Breath to Awaken a Lifeless?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 37

    Interview: Aug 19th, 2015

    Shardlet

    If a Scadrian allomancer had a baby with a Nalthian (and the baby was born on Nalthis), could the baby have an original Breath and also be a Natural allomancer?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It could happen, the baby would have a bit of Preservation and a bit of Endowment.

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  • 38

    Interview: Oct 21st, 2015

    BlackYeti

    Suppose you had a full feruchemist, who got enough breath to reach the fifth Heightening. What would happen if he started storing in atium?

    Brandon Sanderson

    (Laughs) I'm going to RAFO that one.

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  • 39

    Interview: Feb 17th, 2016

    Question

    Can you create a shardblade with Breath?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. That’s what Nightblood is.

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  • 40

    Interview: Feb 17th, 2016

    Question

    Can Vasher draw Breath from a highstorm?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will answer that eventually... You know what, yes he can. Not Breath though, he can draw Investiture the way he needs it.

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  • 41

    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2016

    Argent

    Returned, they don’t quite fit the other splinters—their Breath, rather—because it’s the divine breath that’s the splinter right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ehhhhhhh…. Ehhhhhhh....

    Argent

    Okay, that was vague.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not a 100% correlation there

    Argent

    So in that case it’s not entirely fair to say that the Returned are vessels for...

    Brandon Sanderson

    No… Well, more vessels than the people that are in T’Telir… So, Endowment is in control of what’s happening, right?

    Argent

    The giving of _____

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. So what you’ve got to remember—and this is something that people keep mistaking is- something like a spren is still part of the god, and it’s not that different from the fact that the rock has a part of the body in it, and that everything is kind of made—in [the] Mistborn world in particular—everything is made out of their essence. And so… the breath _are_ similar, but it’s less that- they’re not autonomous in most cases and it’s more like- it’s like a hybrid of what’s happening in Mistborn where everybody’s got a bit of Preservation in them. Everyone’s got a bit of Endowment in them.

    Argent

    Innate investiture.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Innate investiture that they are born with.

    Argent

    I was looking to _Divine_ Breath, _____ specifically.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh _Divine_ breath! Divine Breath is it’s own special thing, and it’s more like what happened with the Honorblades, in that the god is pouring a bit of its investiture, infusing the magic ____.

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  • 42

    Interview: Feb 20th, 2016

    Question

    Price of Breath.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Sometimes, people don’t do what makes the most sense.

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  • 43

    Interview: Apr 23rd, 2016

    Question

    In Nalthis, when is Breath first bestowed upon a person? I’m wondering if mothers have [another Breath in their bodies during pregnancy? source of Breath in their bodies? Much [control?] over their own bodies when it comes to Breath? - uncertain] Is that where it comes from?

    Brandon Sanderson

    When is Breath first bestowed? Uh, so I will, oh, so you’re getting at this sort of… I got it. [laughter, pause] So, what you’re saying is, birth or conception? Yes. Uh, I’m going to go ahead and RAFO that one for… let’s just let it… let’s let… let’s let the fanbase discuss that one and come to their own decisions.

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  • 44

    Interview: Apr 23rd, 2016

    Question

    In the last panel we talked a lot about people from different planets using magic systems on other planets, one of the things I’ve been thinking about, we’ve been thinking about, talking about Breath, and people being born with Breath, is that something specific to Nalthis or do people on other planets have Breaths as well?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Good question and that is a Nalthian thing. Now, everyone in the Cosmere to an extent has Investiture, the Nalthian Breath is part of what everyone has and then a little extra, plus the ability to share it around. So a person who gives up their Breath on Nalthis is actually going below what a normal person has. But a normal person on Nalthis has more than somebody - so if you were for instance to pick a world like Sixth of the Dusk, where there’s not a Shard in residence, and you compared them to a Nalthian, Nalthian has an Investiture advantage over them. When they’ve given up their Breath, they have an Investiture disadvantage.

    Question

    So we’re not Drabs?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So we’re not Drabs. That’s exactly it. We’re not Drabs.

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  • 45

    Interview: Apr 23rd, 2016

    Question

    Someone who has Breath Investiture, can they give the Breath to someone who doesn’t, so like somebody from Scadrial, or…

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Question

    Would the Scadrian be able to use it.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. You have seen people from off-planet who have Breath before.

    Moderator

    Or… perfect pitch?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. [laughter] And are making use of it in variety of ways.

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  • 46

    Interview: Jun 28th, 2016

    Question

    When is dying, his Breath flares up and does weird stuff, and Vasher says that's really rare. What exactly is going on here?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO card

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  • 47

    Interview: Jun 28th, 2016

    Question

    Can a Returned give their Divine Breath to someone else like how a regular Nathian would give their Breath away? Ie: would that then make the recipient "Divine" or elevate them to the 5th heightening?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They can give their Divine Breath away but it wouldn't make the recipient divine or anything. Basically, this is how they heal someone- by using the "My life to yours, my Breath become yours" command.

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  • 48

    Interview: Nov 30th, 2016

    Borderlands SF-AU Tour (Paraphrased)

    Question

    I asked if someone who had a lot of Breath would have it weaken collectively, in the same way that the single Breaths of children are more vibrant than others and move one slightly closer to a Heightening, then weaken as they grow older (and contribute slightly less towards a Heightening).

    Brandon Sanderson

    He said that it wouldn't be noticeable once you accumulate enough Breath and, for example, Hoid wouldn't find himself suddenly losing perfect pitch as a function of time.

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  • 49

    Interview: Dec 3rd, 2016

    yulerule

    Do you actually need to physically inhale or can you like cognitively inhale. Can you think about inhaling without actually inhaling.

    Brandon Sanderson

    This is possible.

    Question

    Think about breathing

    Brandon Sanderson

    That would be fine

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    Interview: Dec 6th, 2016

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    So we know that you can’t just have someone--if someone were to do something similar to Hoid, he can’t just pop and go ‘oh look, I can now do Allomancy or now do Surgebinding’. What about Breath? Could somebody give Breath--could they still get the benefits--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, good question. Yes you can, actually. Breath, once it is given to you, it is being keyed to you--your Identity. So that transfer makes it yours to use however you want.

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    So you could Awaken?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You could Awaken. If you were to somehow make it there, you would be able to Awaken. It’s the easiest of magics to get the magic from, and then to manipulate. Because it has keyed into it Identity.

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    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, you can take Breath onto another world. In fact, you’ve seen characters do this.

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    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, it would work the same way. The only magic that is location-dependent-- the ones who aren’t interested in this, just hum to yourself, okay? You don’t need to know any of this stuff to enjoy the books, okay? I’ve [written] them so that each series can be read independently, and enjoyed. There is behind the scenes stuff, and if you want to dig, it goes pretty deep. So on Sel, we have AonDor. AonDor is based on the fact that the Dor, which is an amalgamation of Dominion and Devotion, has been pressed together and stuffed into the Cognitive Realm by Odium who didn’t want it to gain sentience, as Investiture will do if it is left alone. It will either seek someone to be its Vessel or it will gain sentience. He pressed it in there; he pressed it together, which creates the violent reaction, because those two Intents are opposed. And that is the foundation of the magic. Because it’s stuck in the Cognitive Realm rather than the Spiritual Realm (the Spiritual Realm is location-independent; Cognitive Realm is location-dependent), it makes the magic on Sel only work in close proximity to what is keyed through there to the location they’re keyed to. This has to do with Identity and Connection--mostly Connection. So that means you can’t do AonDor on another planet, but you can do other magics works anywhere, because they’re drawing the magics specifically through either the place, or they’re end-neutral, like Breath is, and don’t need any extra power.

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